VarieHook Suzette Practice Pattern #1
Using the medium shaft for the foundation chain and double crochets, and the small shaft for everything else in this VarieHook pattern makes the finished fabric an opulent variation on a single-size Suzette pattern.
Multiple: 2 + 4
Foundation chain with the medium shaft.
Row 1 (RS): Ssc in second ch from hook, sk next ch, * (Ssc, Mdc) in next ch, sk next ch; rep from * to last ch, Ssc in last ch, turn.
Row 2: Sch 1 (does not count as a st), Ssc in first st [in base of ch], * (Ssc, Mdc) in next st, sk next st; rep from * across, Ssc in last st, turn.
Repeat Row 2 for pattern.
Boxy Shells and Posts Practice Pattern #2
This VarieHook original pattern requires the crocheter to move the working yarn back and forth over the shafts frequently, which is excellent practice. Creating the shell with both large and small stitches results in a nearly flat topped shell (demonstrating fine tuning). Creating the posts with the medium shaft ensures the post stitches between the shells are the proper height so the resulting fabric is flat with little to no blocking needed (demonstrating easing).
Shell: (Ldc, Sch 1, Sdc, Sch 1, Ldc) in one st.
Multiple: 6 + 8
Row 1 (RS): Ssc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.
Row 2: Sch 3 (counts as Sdc throughout), * sk next 2 sts, shell in next st, sk next 2 sts, Sdc in next st; rep from * across, turn.
Row 3: Sch 3, * shell in center dc of next shell, sk remainder of shell **, Mfpdc around next st; rep from * ending last rep at **, Sdc in last st [top of turning ch throughout], turn.
Row 4: Sch 3, * shell in center dc of next shell, sk remainder of shell **, Mbpdc around next st; rep from * ending last rep at **, Sdc in last st, turn.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 for pattern.
Variation suggestion: Use multiples and work Row 1 as above. The shell for this variation is (Ldc, Sdc, Ldc) in one st.
Row 2: Sch 4 (counts as Sdc and Sch 1 throughout), * sk next 2 sts, shell in next st, Sch 1, sk next 2 sts, Sdc in next st **, Sch 1; rep from * ending last rep at **, turn.
Row 3: Sch 4, *shell in center dc of next shell, Sch 1, sk remainder of shell **, Mfpdc around next st, Sch 1; rep from * ending last rep at **, Sdc in 3rd ch of ch-4 turning ch, turn.
Row 4: Sch 4, *shell in center dc of next shell, Sch 1, sk remainder of shell **, Mbpdc around next st, Sch 1; rep from * ending last rep at **, Sdc in 3rd ch of ch-4 turning ch, turn.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 for pattern.
VarieHook V-Stitch Pattern
This pattern, based on the VarieHook logo, is an excellent example of stitch size variation by row.
V-st: Using designated shaft size throughout, (dc, ch 1, dc) in one st or sp.
Multiple: 3 + 3
Foundation chain with medium shaft.
Row 1 (RS): Lsc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn.
Row 2: Lch 3 (counts as Ldc throughout), sk next st, L V-st in next st, * sk next 2 ch, L V-st in next st; rep from * to last 2 chs, sk next st, Ldc in last st, turn.
Row 3: Mch 4 (counts as Mdc and Mch1), * M V-st in ch-sp of next V-st, Mch 1; rep from * across, Mdc in 3rd ch of ch-3 turning ch, turn.
Row 4: Sch 5 (counts as Sdc and Sch 2), * S V-st in ch-sp of next V-st, Sch 2; rep from * across to last st, Sdc in 3rd ch of ch-4 turning ch, turn.
Row 5: Lch 3, L V-st in each V-st across, Ldc in 3rd ch of ch-5 turning ch, turn.
Repeat Rows 3-5 for pattern.
VarieHook Innovative Coasters
Create beautiful coasters while learning about two VarieHook innovations: 1) no need for beginning chains for the cluster rounds, and 2) precisely measured oversized clusters using the large shaft.
Cluster A: Using L shaft throughout, (yo, insert hook, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops) 2 times in one st or sp, yo and draw through 3 loops on hook.
Cluster B: Using L shaft throughout, (yo, insert hook, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops) 3 times in one st or sp, yo and draw through 4 loops on hook.
Sch 4, S sl st to form a ring (or use a magic circle).
Round 1: Sch 3 (counts as Sdc), 11 Sdc in ring, S sl st to top of ch-3. [12 dc]
Round 2: S sl st to next sp between dcs, (Cluster A , Sch 1) in each sp between dcs, S sl st in top of beg Cluster. [12 Cluster A, 12 Sch]
Round 3: S sl st to next sp between clusters, (Cluster B, Sch 2) in each sp between clusters, S sl st in top of beg Cluster B. [12 Cluster B, 24 Sch]
Round 4: Sch 1 (counts as Ssc), Ssc in same cluster, 3 Ssc in ch-2 sp, * 2 Ssc in next cluster, 3 Ssc in next ch-2 sp; repeat from * around ending with S sl st in beg Sch 1. Fasten off. [60 Ssc]
When a completed pattern doesn't match the photo, the culprit is often the unwritten assumption that the crafter will adjust the stitches manually with the "golden loop" to make stitches larger. VarieHook reduces the frequency of manual adjustments with multiple shaft sizes.
VarieHook Clones Inspired Knot Necklace
Size: Make this necklace in sizes ranging from a choker (16”) to mid-torso (30”). Linking three together in varying length is also an option.
- A small quantity of Yarn Bee Authentic Hand-Dyed Alpaca in Periwinkle Paradise with 4 mm recommended Crochet Hook size, 185 yards found at Hobby Lobby or other similar self-striping yarn with frequent color changes from your stash. Cotton yarn works well too.
- VarieHook 5.5 mm 3-shafted crochet hook
- Necklace clasps
- Permanent Fabric adhesive (optional)
Clones Inspired Knot: Hold ch tightly near working loop, using loose tension while wrapping, * yo, move the hook counterclockwise 360 degrees; rep from * as needed to create the size knot you wish, yo and draw through, Sch 1 to close. Remove the hook and let the unfastened work untwist after each knot is complete, taking care that the knot’s half circle shape faces the same direction each time before reinserting the hook. If you'd like to tighten the knot until it makes a popping sound, doing it before reinserting the hook is the time to do so.
Directions: Slip knot at least 6 inches from the end of the yarn and place on hook, * Sch 10, 10 wrap Clones Inspired Knot [take care to create the wraps over the chains]; rep from * a few inches short of your target necklace length, Sch 9. Fasten off.
Tie the yarn to the necklace clasps as you like. In the photo above, the yarn was tied with two half-hitches, dotted with clear drying adhesive and trimmed after drying.
VarieHook Floral Blanket Pattern
Click the image of the blanket above to see the free pattern.